SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Three former Sacramento State men's soccer players have joined the professional ranks for the 2014 season. Max Alvarez and Bryan Oliver are playing locally with Sacramento Republic FC and 2013 Hornet goalkeeper Cesar Castillo is with Puerto Rico BFC.
Alvarez has started three Republic FC games this season in the midfield and has one goal off seven shots, helping the team to a 2-1-1 start to its inaugural season playing in the USL Pro League. Oliver, a former Hornet goalkeeper who is also an assistant coach with the Sacramento State women's soccer team, is also with the program as its third keeper.
"I am happy to be a part of the republic squad and represent the city of Sacramento," Alvarez said. "The experience has been great. I'm learning a lot about the game, and having the opportunity to play with Bryan again is awesome. He's a great goalkeeper but most of all a better friend."
Castillo, who was an all-Big West second team selection last season, is the starting goalkeeper for Puerto Rico BFC. The team was playing in the NPSL and will compete in the Puerto Rican League starting in July. The squad qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League as well.
"I am happy to have signed with Puerto Rico BFC and have this be the beginning of my professional career," Castillo said. "This is a goal I've always wanted to achieve growing up and I'm happy to share it with my family, friends and coaches who have always supported me. I am excited and ready for what this club and the future have to offer. We have an amazing opportunity getting to play in the 2014 CONCACAF champions league and getting a chance to play against top professional clubs in the CONCACAF region."